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Memory or Emotion: Art by Leslie Ann Lemieux

A painting of a landscape scene in a parkUp at Glacier Park, coloured pencil

Leslie Ann Lemieux is an artist and illustrator whose work takes the form of both observational landscapes and images from fantasy realms. Working primarily in watercolour and mixed media, Leslie captures a sense of dreamlike awe whether she’s painting from memory or emotion


A fantasy landscape based on fear surrounding a loved one's dementiaImaginary Fears, mixed media on illustration board

I really enjoy the way that Leslie applies the watercolour medium in her…

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Fantastic Favourites: Linda Lang, Bill Hayner, Colby Brewer

Today, let’s look inside the art practices of Linda Lang, Bill Hayner, and Colby Brewer. Working in paint, mixed media, and installation, these artists take very different approaches to their media and subjects, but all arrive at polished works that are equally evocative and visually engaging. 

 

Linda Lang
A painting of a body of water on Baffin Island

Colours of South Baffin, oil on canvas

 

Linda Lang is a painter and muralist who creates works of art depicting settings in…

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A New Reality for Art: The Future of Virtual Art Production and Consumption

The current cultural moment is seeing many museums explore online and virtual venues in a way that they haven’t before. While many museums have developed online content to some extent in past years, the remote availability and online existence of art has been made all the more urgent by necessary social distancing and physical isolation -- a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. If every crisis is an opportunity in disguise, this one…

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Refractions of Light: Pastel Art by Raymond Noesen

A pastel drawing of a mossy branch in a swampSkokie Lagoon, oil and wax pastel on colourfix paper

Raymond Noesen is an artist originally from Chicago who works primarily in pastel. The artist tends toward figurative subjects, using his talent for realistic detail to capture interesting refractions of light or moments of decay that lend a dreamlike quality to real spaces. 


A pastel drawing of the entrance to a building1666, oil and wax pastel on colourfix paper

 

Most of the works in Raymond’s current are made using a blend…

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Tranquility and Warmth: Landscape Painting by Roger Asselin

A painting of a Florida sunsetGulf Cove Sunset, acrylic on canvas

Roger Asselin is a Florida-based artist who paints the local landscape in detailed, smoothly blended acrylics. The artist’s seascapes and landscape scenes capture the tranquility and warmth of the Florida coastline, as well as other locales. 


A painting of palm trees on a beachGandy Beach Triplet Palms, acrylic on canvas

 

The artist paints in the studio from photographs, doing a great job of capturing the feeling of a plein air…

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Momentary Images: The Oil Painting of Elizabeth Regan

A painting of a hill seen from across waterThe Holy Isle, Scotland, oil on board

Elizabeth Regan paints in oil on wood panels, often using her artwork to express views of her surroundings and the landscapes in which she finds herself. The artist’s style is impressionistic, using large, highly visible brush marks to create fleeting, momentary images of realistic spaces and places. 


A painting of a house in a rural areaView from the Window, oil on panel

I really enjoy Elizabeth’s use of colour throughout her art…

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Expressive Poses: A Painting Portfolio by Hazel Harris

A painting of a woman surrounded with tomatoesHot House Tomatoes

Hazel Harris is a painter who works through an intuitive, explorative process, often thinking up the titles for her works before embarking on the process of creating them. The artist has an affinity for the human figure, and the majority of her works feature exuberant, rounded female figures in expressive poses and settings. 


An abstract painting incorporating elements of brick textureCountry Mouse Comes to the Big City

 

I like the sense of joy that’s present and palpable…

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Photography and Digital Media by Alexander Joseph Tacik

A photograph looking into a garden through a fenceOver the Garden Wall

Alexander Joseph Tacik is a Saskatchewan-based artist who works in photography and digital media. In his current practice, Alexander creates imagery that takes a closer look at urban architecture and rural scenery, approaching both extremes with an eye for colour and bold composition. 


A photo of a white skyscraper in ReginaUntitled

 

I really enjoy seeing Alexander’s photos of Regina and the surrounding area, and the contrast between the focus in…

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The Portfolio of Traditional Artist Jan Marie

A watercolour painting of a trainKettle Moraine Train, watercolour on watercolour paper

Jan Marie is a traditional artist who works in a variety of media including watercolour, acrylic paint, and felt-tip marker. The artist is currently based in Arizona. 


A painting of a purple flower on a round canvasPurple Paradise, metallic acrylic on round stretched canvas

It’s interesting to browse through Jan’s portfolio and see the wide variety of media that the artist experiments with. In Jan’s gallery of acrylic…

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Inside the Art Studio of Wolf Kahn

A photo of the studio of late painter Wolf Kahn

 

Wolf Kahn was a German-born painter who moved to the United States in 1940, at the age of 13. During his early years Kahn studied under painter Hans Hofmann, briefly becoming a studio assistant for the artist. As a painter in his own right, Kahn became known for wildly colourful paintings that fused abstraction with figuration, driven by a sense of spontaneity and experimentation. 

 

Kahn’s studio looks almost staged in the above…

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Simple but Striking: The Painting Portfolio of Debbie Hutson

A painting of an orange sunset over waterSunset Reflections, acrylic on mixed media paper

Debbie Hutson is a Mississippi-based artist who works primarily in acrylic, painting landscapes and colourful abstracts with smooth, softly blended gradient hues and an eye for simple but striking compositions. 


An abstract painting with gold forms hidden below a plane of blueJust Beneath, acrylic, mixed media, texture, gold leaf on canvas

 

I love how the artist’s figurative works sit in contrast to, and complement, her abstracts. Viewing the…

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From Bowls to Marbles: Glass Art by Joanne Andrighetti

A selection of blown glass tumblers with coloured detailingDoodle Tumblers, blown glass

Joanne Andrighetti is a glass artist based in Vancouver, BC. In her practice, Joanne makes everything from bowls to marbles, maintaining a sense of clean, well-composed design throughout her portfolio. 


A photo of a set of blue sculpted glass unicornsOnce upon a Unicorn, flameworked borosilicate glass

 

It’s really neat to browse through Joanne’s portfolio and see all the different ways that glass can be created and manipulated using different visual…

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Attention-Getting Aesthetic: The Design Portfolio of Steve Ferris

A label design for Pindar ChardonnayPindar Chardonnay (lable design)

Steve Ferris is a graphic designer and commercial illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. In his practice, Steve creates designs for everything from print media and labels to clothing, working with a bright, attention-getting aesthetic eye. 


A selection of logo concepts for a tax companyTax Trilogy Logo Concepts

 

Steve’s logo designs make use of high-impact font choices and bright, contrasting colours. It’s interesting to see designs for a…

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Biomorphic Expressionism: The Art of Susan Olsen

A painting with trees and abstract shapesNorwegian Water and Wood, oil on linen

Susan Olsen is an artist whose current practice centres on “biomorphic expressionism.” The artist’s works in oil on linen draw on elements of realistic landscapes and flora, building on recognizable features with abstracted, alien forms to create visuals that are truly unique. 


An oil on linen painting with landscape and abstract elementsIt's the Journey, oil on linen

 

I enjoy the tension between the artist’s particular painting style and the…

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A Portfolio of Two-Dimensional Media by Sassicca Bowyer

A photo of a cat on a wooden constructionUntitled

Sassicca Bowyer is an artist originally trained in painting who now works in a variety of traditional, two-dimensional media and styles. The artist’s gallery features examples ranging from highly figurative, documentary photography, to abstract painting. 


An abstract painting with green tonesUntitled

 

Sassicca’s photographs sometimes remind me of work by Emina Kurtagic -- there’s a sense that the artist’s main pursuit here is to simply capture what they…

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